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Pingdom’s must-read articles #47

web performance
SUMMARY: Web performance, HTTP requests, CDNs, and scaling: just a sample of what's in this week's collection by @Pingdom Tweet this

This is our collection of must-read articles about web performance, dev, ops, and more for the weekend.

This week’s suggested reading

  • How fast are we going now?: Steve Souders wonders if the web is getting faster. He concludes that overall, web pages are faster now than they were a year ago.
  • Case study: How effective are CDNs for mobile visitors?: Radware took a look at how CDNs affect the web experience over 3G connections. With a CDN, pages got faster, doc complete time decreased by 10%, and start render time was just under a second faster.
  • Obsessions: HTTP Request Reduction: Kyle Simpson suggests that just concatenating all your files into one is only a partial solution to speed up a site.
  • Avoiding Unnecessary Paints: Paul Lewis takes a look at what can trigger painting in a browser, and how we can prevent unnecessary paints from taking place.
  • This is what a DDoS attack looks like: On April 23, 2013, VideoLAN experienced a DDoS attack, which peaked at 200 Gbps.
  • It is okay to be wrong: A good reminder from James Turnbull, VP Tech Operations for Puppet Labs.
  • 20 CDN & Web Performance Stats Worth Noting: Lots of interesting data and facts about CDN and web performance.
  • Scaling Deployment at Etsy: Daniel Schauenberg’s talk at Scaleconf 2013 about how Etsy keeps deployment fast.

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